Mohamed Noor has been convicted of manslaughter and third degree murder for the death of Justine Damond.
What We Know:
- In July 2017, Noor and his partner were in an alley behind Damond’s home responding to a 911 call when Noor said he fired his gun to protect his partner after he heard a loud bang on the squad car.
- During his testimony, Noor said he saw Damond raising her arms at his partner’s window and he saw fear in his eyes. After hearing his partner scream “Oh Jesus,” Noor fired. He said, “I fired one shot, my intent was to stop the threat and save my partner’s life.”
- During the trial prosecutors asked Noor why he fired without seeing a weapon. They also asked if the loud bang was real because neither officer mentioned it to investigators at the scene. He actually refused to talk to investigators and it wasn’t until several days later that his partner mentioned the bang.
- Videos from the officers body cameras were played during the trial which showed that Noor and his partner both had their cameras off during the time of the incident but switched them back on for the aftermath. The cameras show the officers attempt to save Damond with CPR. The jury found Noor guilty and he was fired after being charged. He could serve up to 12 and a half years.
- Damond’s death sparked outrage in Australia and the U.S, but her father said “We are satisfied with the outcome.”
For others it reignites outrage that this 33-year-old Somali-American was given a sentence and punishment many of his White American counterparts have not received when shooting unarmed citizens using the same defense of fearing for one’s life. Coincidence?